A WOMAN’S dream to be able to grant terminally-ill people in York their final wish has moved a step closer.
Serina Doran, of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, has been fundraising to bring a specialist ambulance to the city, which will allow dying people to have their final wish.
The charity was originally set up in Holland and has made headlines around the world for its efforts to help terminally-ill people. Often their last requests are simple, with many wanting to visit the beach, the zoo, an art gallery or to simply return home.
Serina, who has been working alongside another campaigner in Bury St Edmunds, has said a specially-equipped ambulance due to be based in the Suffolk town should be in action from the end of July. This will be used to help people in York.
However, the charity has been offered a second ex-demonstration ambulance at a cost of £13,000,to include the cost of adapting it.
This ambulance could be based in York permanently and Serina is hoping businesses may step forward to offer sponsorship.
Serina said that many people with severely limited mobility could benefit from the service.
She said: “People in York and across England are going through this on a daily basis. It’s knowing that however long they have left it won’t just be spent with them in a bed in a hospice or at home, thinking ‘I wish I could do that’.
“There should be something in place to take a person from A to B in their final days or weeks.”
Serina, from Acomb, was inspired to bring the charity to York by her mother Tina Shaw who died earlier this year after suffering secondary breast cancer. Tina was granted her final wish when the Dutch ambulance travelled to take her to her church in Leeds and then to see her dog in West Bank Park in Holgate.
The York ambulance will be manned by qualified professionals.
The Ambulance Wish Foundation has many fundraising events coming up and has sponsored places in the York 10k.
If you or your business can help sponsor the York ambulance, please email email@example.com
People can donate by texting AWUK16 £5 (or change the amount you want to donate) to 70070.
There are still some paid places left for the York 10k. The Ambulance Wish Foundation will provide a branded vest and sponsorship form in return for runners raising a minimum of £150.